Singapore Bans Travelers From South Korea, Northern Italy & Iran

Singapore is taking drastic measures trying to curtail the spread of coronavirus effective at 11:59 PM SGT on March 4.

The country is banning travelers from entering or even transiting if they have been to South Korea, Northern Italy, or Iran in the previous 14 days, excluding citizens and permanent residents who must then self-quarantine.

Here’s an excerpt from the Straits Times (access their piece here):

From 11.59pm on Wednesday (March 4), travellers who have been to South Korea, northern Italy and Iran within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore, as the Republic ramps up its fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions were put in place by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce to limit the risk these regions may pose to Singapore.

Singaporeans, residents and long-term pass holders who have been to these Covid-19-hit areas in the last 14 days will be allowed in, but will be issued a stay-home notice. This means they must remain in their place of residence at all times for that duration.

Seoul – Singapore Flights

I am surprised that there are still flights scheduled for travel between Seoul and Singapore on Thursday. Korea Air has zeroed out its availability, however.


Thailand is also in the process of putting some restrictions in place but is unclear at this time whether they apply only for returning Thai citizens or everyone, including tourists who are planning to vacation in the country.

Not sure how useful these bans are? They may temporarily slow the spread of the virus, but cannot be a permanent solution.

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